Watch live as Biden gives speech on anniversary of Capitol riot
Donald Trump has called for the “MAGA nation” to “rise up” against the Biden administration over vaccine mandates on the eve of the 6 January Capitol riot.
In a statement released by the Save America PAC on Wednesday, the former president slammed Joe Biden for “talk” that his administration would enforce a vaccine mandate for school children and force schools to shut amid a surge in Covid-19 cases. There has been no suggestion of any such decision from the Biden administration so far.
“This is an outrage, and MAGA nation should rise up and oppose this egregious federal government overreach,” Mr Trump said.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden is set to give a speech marking the anniversary of the deadly riot at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021, an address in which he is expected to blame the insurrection on the “chaos and carnage” of the Trump administration’s four-year reign.
His speech comes as some Democrats are said to be quietly exploring how they could potentially ban Mr Trump from holding office again, following the deadly riot last year in which five people lost their lives.
Biden asks what kind of nation the US will be
The president asserts that “the way forward is to recognise the truth and to live by it” – as opposed to becoming the kind of nation that accepts political violence as the norm.
He also insists that no US presidential election has been more closely scrutinised than the 2020 vote, noting that not a single one of the myriad court challenges and recounts across the country came close to changing the results.
“In some of them, the irony is the margin of victory actually improved slightly,” he says.
Andrew Naughtie6 January 2022 14:29
Most Americans fear another attack on democracy, poll says
Around 57 per cent of Americans, including half of Republicans and seven out of 10 Democrats, believe there will be a repeat of the pro-Trump insurrection that occurred a year ago today.
According to poll by Axios-Momentive, 63 per cent of respondents also said that the attack changed the way that Americans thought about democratic government in the US.
It comes amid polling showing that as many as 81 per cent of Republican voters believed the 2020 election was not won fairly by Mr Biden and the Democrats – and a deepening divide on several other issues, as Graeme Massie writes.
Gino Spocchia6 January 2022 14:25
Biden calls out Trump for inaction during riot
Joe Biden accuses Donald Trump of watching the insurrection on TV as officers were attacked by supporters “looking to deny the will of the people”.
Recent reports to the 6 January select committee have confirmed that the former president watched live coverage of the insurrection while remaining impervious to pleas to issue a statement condemning the violence.
Andrew Naughtie6 January 2022 14:23
Biden shares “God’s honest truth” about 6 January
Joe Biden invites listeners to close their eyes and recall the sight of a Confederate flag waved inside the Capitol – something that “even during the Civil War never, ever happened” – and the spectacle of a crowd that claimed to love law enforcement assaulting officers with American flags and fire extinguishers.
“He was more afraid that day than he was fighting the war in Iraq,” Mr Biden says of one officer. “How dare anyone diminish the hell they were put through?”
Andrew Naughtie6 January 2022 14:21
Biden: “democracy was attacked”
Joe Biden begins by saying he will “state the obvious” – that one year ago, in the Capitol’s “sacred place”, democracy was attacked. “But we, the people endured,” he says. “We, the people, prevailed.”
Describing the size and violence of the Trump-supporting mob, he declares: “They failed. They failed! And on this day of remembrance, we must make sure that such an attack never, never happens again.”
Andrew Naughtie6 January 2022 14:18
Harris: voting rights legislation needed to secure US democracy
The vice president has called on the US Senate to act.
“Let’s be clear: we must pass the voting rights bills that are now before the Senate,” she says, “and the American people must do something more. We cannot sit on the sidelines. We must unite in defence of our democracy.”
She goes on to introduce “a public servant with the character and fortitude to meet this moment” – her only senior, Joe Biden.
Andrew Naughtie6 January 2022 14:16
Kamala Harris recalls attack by “extremists”
Speaking before Joe Biden, Kamala Harris compares 6 January to 7 December 1941 and 11 September 2001 as a date that will remind every American who experienced it where they were at the time.
She describes how having left the Capitol before the insurrection, her thoughts turned to her colleagues and staff – whom she says were forced to turn filing cabinets into barricades to keep out “extremists”.
“On January 6, we all saw what our nation would look like if the forced that seek to dismantle our democracy are successful,” she says. “The lawlessness, the violence, the chaos.
“What was at stake then and now was the right to have our future decided the way the constitution prescribes it: by we, the people, all the people.”
Andrew Naughtie6 January 2022 14:12
Biden arrives at Capitol
As he prepares to address the nation on the first anniversary of the insurrection, Joe Biden is pictured with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
Andrew Naughtie6 January 2022 14:11
‘Democracy won that night’, says Nancy Pelosi ahead of anniversary
Speaking ahead of the first anniversary of 6 January, Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi said: “Make no mistake, our democracy was on the brink of catastrophe. [but] Democracy won that night”.
“These people, because of the courageous work of the Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police and others, they were detained in their action to stop the peaceful transfer of power. They lost.”
She is expected to lead a tribute and moment of silence with House members today, and referred to words issued by Abraham Lincoln by saying that this was a “period of remembrance, of reconciliation”.
As Arpan Rai writes, some Republicans are due to attend the events – despite many members of the Republican Party turning towards Mr Trump and his false lies of election fraud that sparked the riot a year ago.
Gino Spocchia6 January 2022 13:55
How to watch what’s happening today in DC
While the US Capitol remains closed to most visitors today – both because of Covid restrictions and because of a heightened security operation – a live video feed of today event’s commemorating what happened on 6 January 2021 can be viewed at the following link:
View of the Capitol as the US marks the anniversary of the Jan 6. attack when supporters of Trump stormed the Capitol to block Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden’s election victory.Some members are planning to mark the anniversary of the Capitol insurrection with a moment of silence while others will spend the day educating Americans on the workings of democracy.The Capitol remains closed to most visitors in part because of the Covid pandemic public health concerns, but also because of the escalated number of violent threats against lawmakers.Sign up to our free newsletters by clicking here
Gino Spocchia6 January 2022 13:30